Are you currently a College Student? Are you about to graduate? Or have you graduated recently and still trying to find a job in your field? No matter what, you are looking at this post because you want to hear advice from the professionals. I recently attended a job fair, and I had the pleasure of being invited to interview all the employers who were there. Thanks to one of my connections, I got to interview every last employer who was going to be at the job fair. In exchange, I got to write an article promoting the job fair. It was a major success!
I have compiled a list of my questions and the most common answers I received:
Question 1: What do you recommend current students and recent graduates consider when they apply for jobs?
Average Answer: Most of the time when candidates apply for jobs, they just apply to all of them. I have hired people with a lot of potential, but they don’t have passion for the subject. Current students and recent grads need to ask themselves the following questions:
- If you could walk into a company, what would you ideally do? What would make you happy?
- What skills do you have, and how can you use those skills to contribute to the company?
- Look at how you can contribute to the bottom line of a company. In the end, it will always come down to the bottom line, regardless.
Question 2: What advice would you give to students and recent graduates when they submit their resume to a company?
Average Answer: Use the words on your resume that the job posting has. We use an algorithm that scans through all the job postings to eliminate any resumes that don’t match what we are looking for. This means that we don’t even see those resumes. The ones that make it through, are the ones with similar words to the job postings and with action verbs they are looking for.
Question 3: What would you recommend for someone who wants a specific job, but doesn’t know how to get it?
Average Answer: Identify the title of the job you want to do. If you don’t know the title, define what you want to do, and choose your path based on that. Consider what matters most to you. Do you want to stay home and work? Is there a type of Industry you are interested in? Does money play a part in your happiness? Any questions like that need to be taken into consideration. From there, see what you can do to get the job you want.
Question 4: What is the number one Question you ask in an interview, and the one answer you don’t want to hear from it?
Average Answer: Question: What is your main skill that you can contribute to our company? Answer: I am incredible at multitasking.
Reason why this is bad: Employers don’t want to hear that. Multitasking is no longer a good thing. As companies evolve, research has shown that when you multitask, you are less likely to accomplish as much as when you focus on one task at a time. Look into what works, and evolve from there.
So if you are a recent graduate, or a current student, take this advice to heart. Getting a job is tough. Having a Career is even harder. If you want to succeed, you have to work for it!
Good Luck, and feel free to comment if you want more posts like this! I have lots of opportunities to interview people. Any questions you want me to ask? Ask them in the comment section!